Management

Strategy needs a sacrifice

Strategy is one of those words that mean something different to different people. There is no one perfect definition, but we generally feel the difference between tactics and strategy. The definition...

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Delegation is a skill

Early in my PM career, I was working for a marketing agency. I was responsible for a newsletter that went out every Friday morning. It was consistently late. They needed...

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Project Reporter

In once joined a team as a project manager and one of the first things I noticed was the lack of testers. Every team member was a developer and while...

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The machine has strong opinions

I've worked in plenty of large enterprisy organisations and one of the most painful recurring themes is employee detachment. We don't talk about it that often, but in an industry that's...

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Cutting scope is the healthy option

Scrum teams and their JIRA Backlog. Analysts and their Functional Requirements. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Yet we tackle software development by spelling out a list of...

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Staffing on up

The Mythical Man-month is 40 years old. It's a timeless classic for software development management and its pages are often condensed into Brooks's Law: "Adding manpower to a late software project...

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Leaders, get help.

Picking up sports when you're out of shape is uncomfortable. You really don't want to be the old guy with the beer belly in the gym. You don't want to...

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